As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Link to Chris Packham's Tuesday film on the illegal shooting of migrating birds on Malta

Honey buzzards are among many other migrating birds that are shot as they pass through Malta

April 2014:Heading a self-funded camera crew, wildlife presenter Chris Packham is filing nightly reports on YouTube of the illegal hunting events in Malta. View the first video, from Monday 21, here and the second video, from Tuesday 22, here. These films, which Packham says on his website ( will not make comfortable viewing, will be shown until Saturday, 26 April.

The annual spring slaughter on Malta, which last year involved at least 24 protected species, accounts for the deaths of honey buzzards, golden orioles, ospreys, cuckoos, night herons and black storks, among many others, and jeopardises future populations of these birds, which are either officially endangered or in severe decline here and in other parts of Europe.

In addition, many smaller species of birds such as finches, are trapped in nets, which also often account for the deaths of other animals accidentally caught in them.

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